No lions, no tigers, just bears…and judging by their use of punctuation, the proximity of said bears would seem to be a matter of some urgency for this Rhode Island ska punk troupe. Having expanded their horn section since the release of 2015’s ‘Bad News Bears! Bears! Bears!’, their second EP carries on where the previous release left off and, yes, urgency is very much the watchword here. The six tracks on ‘Every Piece Counts’ owe a huge debt to the works of Less Than Jake but, in terms of general enthusiasm, Bears sound much more appealing than Chris, Roger and Vinny have since the days of ‘Hello Rockview!’…and it’s somewhat frightening to note that at the time of this EP’s release, that LTJ album is almost two decades old.
Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish have announced a full-scale co-headline tour of the US. The stalwart bands of ska’s third wave will be joined by Hellcat signings The Interrupters, Pacific & Ballyhoo at all shows.
LTJ’s only confirmed UK shows are summer festivals at this time.
Third wave ska punk legends Less Than Jake will be teaming up with Yellowcard for a short run of dates across Europe next spring. The UK stint includes two shows at London’s Koko, formally the Camden Palace.